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SOURCE: HT

As the tensions with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh continue, defence minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the Indian Army won’t let anyone take even an inch of the country’s land.

He added that India wants the standoff to end and peace to be restored in the sector. The minister also hailed the braveheart soldiers stationed at the border and stated that their efforts will be written in golden words in history.

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SOURCE: PTI

ndian-American Republican politician and former US Ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley spoke on Indian-American community at an event called “Indian Voices for Trump.” She said, “Indian-American community contributes a lot to the United States. We want to protect them.

What we want for Indian-American community to remember that President Trump has given us the lowest unemployment, has allowed for businesses to thrive, has really allowed the opportunity to excel in every field and direction. We need to go and continue to support him.” The US presidential elections are to be held on November 3.

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SOURCE: WALL STREET JOURNAL

The U.S. and India are expected to sign a key military agreement this week, bolstering cooperation in the Pacific and Indian oceans to counter an increasingly assertive China, Indian officials said.

The satellite-intelligence pact will be completed during a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper to New Delhi, Indian officials said, part of an annual gathering with their Indian counterparts Tuesday.

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SOURCE: PTI

A Pakistani court has questioned the federal government on the construction of the Kartarpur Corridor in Punjab, directing the authorities to explain whether the project was “not an intervention” in the affairs of the provincial government.

During a hearing on a petition against undue delay in the construction of Lahore-Narowal Road, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan on Thursday asked a federal law officer as to who was responsible to construct the road—federal or provincial government.

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SOURCE: MINT

The second B-777 VVIP’s aircraft, Air India One landed at the Delhi airport on Saturday. Air India One aircraft is exclusively for the President, Vice President and Prime Minister. The first of the two VVIP aircraft Air India One arrived in India earlier this month.

Earlier in August, contingents of senior officials of Air India, security officers, and senior government officials visited the United States to accept the delivery of the SESF or VVIP aircraft Air India One.

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SOURCE: PTI

Just a week before November’s election, two of President Donald Trump’s top national security aides will visit India for meetings focused largely on countering China’s growing global influence. As the bitter race between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden winds down, the talks this week in New Delhi aim to reinforce the president’s anti-China campaign message.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper will meet their Indian counterparts for strategic and security talks on Tuesday, after which Pompeo will travel on to Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia. All of them are contending with a tug-of-war between Washington and Beijing that has intensified as Trump seeks to paint Biden as weak on China.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

Data from ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission shows that dust storms on the Red Planet causes its upper atmosphere to undergo warming and expansion, which in turn causes some of its gases to escape into outer space. Planets in the solar system constantly lose their atmospheres to outer space. The rate of this loss depends on the size of a planet and temperature of its upper atmosphere.

Since Mars is a relatively smaller planet compared to the Earth, it is losing its atmosphere at a faster rate. However, ISRO has now found how this loss is altered by the changes in the upper atmospheric temperature on Mars.

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SOURCE: HT

On October 27, India and the US will sign the Basic Exchange Cooperation Agreement (BECA),the last of the four foundational military agreements which allows both countries to share geo-spatial data. The signing is a culmination of 13 years of negotiation, delays and reflects the mistrust between New Delhi and Washington in the past.

The misplaced fear that the US will be able to access Indian data, which could compromise national security in the future, was used by South Block to object to the agreement . That India would be able to get geo-spatial data of the entire neighbourhood, including its adversaries, from the US was not considered.

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SOURCE: AP

The United Nations announced Saturday that 50 countries have ratified a UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons triggering its entry into force in 90 days, a move hailed by anti-nuclear activists but strongly opposed by the United States and the other major nuclear powers.

As of Friday, the treaty had 49 signatories, and UN officials said the 50th ratification from Honduras had been received. “This moment has been 75 years coming since the horrific attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the founding of the UN which made nuclear disarmament a cornerstone,” said Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning coalition whose work helped spearhead the nuclear ban treaty.

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SOURCE: DailyExcelsior

Historian-journalist Hindol Sengupta was the guest at An Author’s Afternoon session organised virtually by Prabha Khaitan Foundation. In a conversation with host Oindrilla Dutta, Sengupta spoke about his book The Man Who Saved India and its central character Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Souvik Ghosh brings excerpts

What attracted you to Sardar Patel to make him the subject of your book The Man Who Saved India?

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SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has been criticised by netizens for deliberately not using the updated map of Nepal, showing three Indian areas as part of its territory, in his Dussehra greetings, a claim rejected by his office which said the revised map was not visible due to its tiny size.

In June, Nepal’s Parliament approved the new political map of the country featuring Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura which is part of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Oli in a Twitter message on Friday conveyed his best wishes to the people of Nepal for Vijayadashami or Dussehra.

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SOURCE: PTI

As many as 32 Naxals, four of them collectively carrying Rs 4 lakh reward on their heads, surrendered in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Sunday, police said. The cadres, including 10 women, turned themselves in at Barsoor police station, saying they were impressed by the district police’s rehabilitation campaign and disappointed with the “hollow” Maoist ideology, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told PTI.

Of these 32 cadres, 19 are natives of Bakeli village, four are from Korkotti and three each hail from Udenar, Tumarigunda and Matasi villages, he said.

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SOURCE: ANI

The opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) slammed the Imran Khan-led government for its failure to remove Pakistan from the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) alleged that the FATF decision was the result of the “slipshod and obviously done in” law drafting and lack of homework, reported Dawn.

Slamming the government over its failure, PPP parliamentary leader in the Senate Sherry Rehman said, “Why did they (the government functionaries) not get their homework done on time? The news from FATF insiders is that the law drafting is slipshod and obviously done in. Why did they not look at everything in a good time? They were too busy managing a constant anti-opposition narrative which seems to be their only task.”

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SOURCE: ANI

Indian diaspora on Saturday staged a protest outside Pakistan Consulate, Toronto Canada to register their protest over Pakistan’s attack and invasion on October 22, 1947.

The diaspora called this day a Black Day in humanity’s history. The protesters chanted ‘Band Kero Band Kero, Pakistan Dehshat Gardi Band Kero” (Pakistan! Stop Terrorism), “Kashmir Gilgit Baltistan – Sab hei Hindustan.” They urged the Pakistani government to end terrorism.

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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

FILE PICTURE OF OLD ASTRA MISSILE FROM GROUND RIG

Fresh Tender documents issued by the DRDO for a 8 Cell A vertical launching system (VLS) for Vertically Launched -Short-range Surface Air to Missile ) A system based on Astra beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile has confirmed that Prototype work on construction of an VL-SRSAM missile has begun. Previous tender documents had called for the interested parties to submit bids of VL-SRSAM missile integration Jig.

Fresh documents show that VL-SRSAM based on the Astra Mk1 BVRAAM will be getting a first-stage Booster motor for the initial launch and for the first time a TVC (Thrust Vector Control) nozzle has also been sported. VL-SRSAM will be a next-generation, ship-based, all-weather, air defence weapon system that will provide complete protection against all known and projected air targets Over 25 km and the addition of a first-stage Booster motor will ensure a 40km+ Interception range now.

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